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Walking tour scheduled for Saturday

June 22, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Anyone who owns wooded property or is interested in improving the region's wooded areas is welcome to attend a walking tour at the property of Duke and Justin Layfield in Lewis County. These two were named the West Virginia Tree Farmers of the Year in 2010.

The walk is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and it is sponsored by the West Virginia Woodland Owners Association, West Virginia University Extension Service/Appalachian Hardwood Center, West Virginia Forestry Association, the West Virginia Tree Farm and the West Virginia Stewardship Program.

The Layfields will lead the tour and tell the group about some key strategies in maintaining access roads, controlling invasive plants, harvesting timber and planting oak trees. They group will see a grove of native persimmon trees, wildlife food plots, ponds and a fruit and berry orchard.

The walking tour will cover generally flat ground with a few relatively steep sections, so it is recommended that participants wear sturdy walking shoes. Following the walking tour, lunch will be provided.

This event is free, but reservations are requested by contacting with Dan Magill at 304-293-9419 or

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If you go

What:?Woodland walking tour

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: The property of Duke and Justin Layfield

Reservations: Call 304-293-9419 or email



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